As we continue merging out of the Spring months and into the warmer summer months, it’s important to have conversations about how to best navigate the heat. To that end, our preventative disease Lewisville TX specialists (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook and Boyd) have put together a basic guide to heatstroke, one of the top dangers of summers in a warmer climate. Read on to learn more about heatstroke including causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
What is Heatstroke?
Heatstroke is a dangerous condition characterized by the body reaching a temperature of 104 degrees or higher. It is a medical emergency. Left untreated, heatstroke can lead to organ damage or other serious complications including possible death.
Heatstroke is most likely to occur in climates with hot, humid weather as well as during the summer months when the heat index is higher. This is because heatstroke is caused by the body being used strenuously in a hot environment. Some specific examples of this include:
- Engaging in physical activity in hot weather
- Working outside on a hot summer day
- Being outside in a hot, humid climate if you are not used to it
It’s also important to note that the elderly population and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to heatstroke. If you have recently moved to Texas and are looking for Lewisville doctors accepting new patients (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook and Boyd), Your Family Medical can help with tips and resources for avoiding heatstroke and much, much more.
Signs & Symptoms
Knowing the signs and symptoms of heatstroke are the first steps in getting help. Be on the lookout for the following:
- High body temperature
- Rapid pulse
- Rapid breathing
- Abnormal behavior
- Flushed skin
Once you notice yourself or a loved one showing one or more of these symptoms, act immediately. Untreated, this can quickly lead to the person losing consciousness or, as we mentioned earlier, significant and irreversible damage. View Your Family Medical’s video on the basics of heatstroke to learn more.
Treatments & Prevention
Treatments involve lowering the body temperature back to a normal level as quickly as possible. Contact emergency services immediately and report the symptoms that he/she is experiencing. Find ways to cool down the person’s body temperature, such as:
- Relocating to a shaded or indoor location
- Cold water immersion
- Cold water spray
- Ice pack application
- Remove excess layers of clothing
Heatstroke is easily prevented by remembering a few key items. Be sure to make note of the heat index and any warm weather advisories that specifically mention dangerous levels of humidity and/or heat. Stay indoors often or take frequent activity breaks if working outdoors. Stay hydrated and wear loose, light clothing with few layers.
Whether it be ongoing assessments of your health risks or help with managing chronic pain (and everything in between), we’re here for you. Your Family Medical has specialists in several key areas including women’s health, geriatric medicine, preventative medicine, family medicine and more. Get in touch today to schedule your first appointment with our friendly, knowledgeable physicians.